Sugar is Really Good For Something

 

A couple of years ago I received a hummingbird feeder for Christmas.  I thought it was cool and love to watch those tiny birds buzz around, but I couldn’t come up with a place to put the thing that would allow viewing easily.

So I stuck the contraption, still in its box, in the garage.  Of course then it was out of sight and out of mind, until yesterday.  During our recent cold snap, I noticed a tiny bird outside my window, looking for a flower to feed on.  Jogging my memory about the feeder, I dusted off the box and opened it and read the instructions.

I read how to make nectar.  One part sugar, four parts water.  But how could the founder of Mäni’s accept feeding sugar to some lovely creatures?  So I spent the next hour combing the internet and found out yes, it’s true, the best nectar is pure sucrose watered down.  I even read Audubon Society postings and they verifed the information.  Only pure sugar and water.
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But when you think about hummingbirds, it makes sense.  Because these little birds spend most of their time flapping their wings 50 to 90 times a second!  That’s over 300,000 flaps per hour.  Therefore they must have a diet that gives them extremely high energy, constantly.  So let’s leave the sugar for those guys!

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